You can review the original blog post here: Windows Monitoring in 2018
Today's featured offering is BMC TrueSight Pulse
"BMC TrueSight Pulse" is described as "Real time monitoring-as-a-service for web applications". The tools appears to be previously owned by a company called Boundary, as some of the documentation is labeled as such. Here's a really badly voiced over video that serves as an overview.
Given my features, here's what stacks up and what's lacking.
- SaaS agent is lightweight and easy to install on Windows.
- Integrations are done via plugin, which makes the agent light weight.
- Cloud monitoring is supported on both AWS and Azure.
- VM and SQL monitoring only for Azure.
- Virtually no delays. Alerting can be done in as little as 1 second - data shows in the portal almost instantly and refreshes in real time.
- The dashboards look beautiful.
- Data appears to be kept for 4 months, which isn't great, but it's better than some tools.
- End user experience monitoring, similar to NewRelic browser is included.
- You can pull in custom performance counters and WMI with the Meter agent.
- Really good introductory videos on the documentation website.
- Integrates with Slack, PagerDuty, VictorOps, OpsGenie, etc.
- The agents or meters can be configured to send data to BMC's log analytics platform or TrueSight Intelligence.
- Out of the box functionality is below average, for example, a plugin must be setup and targeted to get simple Disk usage.
- Plugins have different dependency requirements on the endpoint, for instance, node.js or python, which are most likely not installed if you're supporting Windows servers.
- No automatic setup of monitoring with plugins, it appears to be a very manual process.
- You must individually add devices to filters if they don't have the same naming collection.
- Multi-tenant is clunky, it appears you must make separate accounts for each customer and jump between them.
- There is a plugin for doing web tests, however there is no external webtesting option.